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Cord blood banking matters to me: Zoe and Brendan Cole

We’re privileged to be named in hundreds of couple’s birthing plans and to play a tiny part in their journey to welcoming new life. In 2018 we were able to help dancer Brendan Cole and wellness blogger Zoe Cole to protect their young family’s health. The couple already had a daughter, Aurelia, and were considering using the once in […]

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Cord blood banking matters to me: Zoe and Harris

As a retired midwife, Zoe’s mum was aware of umbilical stem cell banking and encouraged the couple to find out more about the process. We spoke to them a week before Zoe was due to give birth about their hopes for the future as a family.

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Stem Cell Success Story – Systemic Scleroderma

Tony Underhill lived a full, active life until Systemic Scleroderma slowly hardened his skin until he could hardly move. “I nicknamed it ‘the beast inside of me’ “, says Tony.  “It’s like having an anaconda, a baby anaconda, growing inside of you, that grows just a little bit every day and he just keeps squeezing […]

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Diabetes

Stem cells may restore insulin-producing cells to type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes suffers. Ongoing trials have removed the need for daily injections in some patients.

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Stem cell treatments for Osteoporosis

Stem cell treatments for osteoporosis and complex bone injuries are an exciting alternative to surgery. The current treatment, whereby doctors remove bone from a healthy part of the patient’s body and transplant it in the damaged site, is not only painful but can result in secondary infection and long recovery times.

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Can cord blood treat leukaemia patients in relapse?

In the first major study of cord blood transplantation for secondary acute myeloid leukaemia 40% of patients are “rescued” from the disease. The results of world’s first major study into the use of cord blood transplantation (CBT) to treat secondary acute myeloid leukaemia (sAML), were published in December 2018. 146 patients participated in the test. […]

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Cord Blood Myths and Facts by the Cord Blood Association

‘Cord Blood Myths and Facts’ by the Cord Blood Association (CBA) offers a useful guide to the accuracy of popularly held views about cord blood banking. Through their piece, the CBA hopes to counter some of the conjecture heard by health professionals with medical fact. Here are 20 myths that can get in the way of […]

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Why cord blood is doctors’ first choice in treating Hurler Syndrome (MPS I)

Umbilical cord blood saved Lyla Edgington’s life when she was diagnosed with the progressive genetic disease Hurler Syndrome (a mucopolysaccharide storage disease, MPS I). In an interview for World Cord Blood Day 2018, Lyla’s parents Steve and Helen Edgington shared Lyla’s story. “It all started when Lyla was 5 months old” explains Lyla’s dad, Steve, “and […]

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